Defending IPL champions, the Mumbai Indians got their title defence underway with a defeat at the weekend. This is their second game of the tournament and one they will be looking to win.

Their opponents are the Kolkata Knight Riders, the final team to get underway this season, this will be the first time they have played.

Games have a very different feel to them, they are out in the UAE and behind closed doors, we have already seen this and it will be interesting to follow the results and see who can cope with the new environment the best. Take a look at our cricket betting guide to get some pointers on how various factors might affect the odds.

Kolkata Knight Riders Team News

The Knight Riders finally make their entrance at this year’s IPL on Wednesday.

Much of the talk ahead of this season’s competition was about Pat Cummins, who broke the record for an international player fee when signing for the Knight Riders. He joins Harry Gurney, Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi to create what could be the best fast bowling line up in the tournament.

With pace in the attack, any pitch that offers pace and bounce will give the Knight Riders an edge, and we could see them running through teams on occasions this season.

Mumbai Indians Team News

The Indians showed a little promise in the first game, but overall the feeling will be one of disappointment for them. They have put together a strong team, started well with the bat and ball, but then failed to follow that up with any real conviction.

Rather than three or four individuals standing out for this team, what we need to see here is a full team performance where everyone makes a contribution to the score.

A lack of end product left the Indians scoring 162 on Saturday from their 20 overs when they should have been scoring 180 given the platform they had built at the start of the innings.

Key Man

This looks set to be a battle between two excellent pace bowling attacks. With Pat Cummins on one side for the Knight Riders and Trent Boult on the other side for the Indians, don’t be surprised to see plenty of wickets taken in this game.

We are siding with Trent Boult to have a big impact on this game, the benefit of playing already could give him and the Indians the edge in this one.

Look for Boult to bowl at key moments in this one, the start and end of the game, and we are tipping him to make a big impact.

Betting Tip

There is little to choose between these two teams but the benefit of being settled and having a game under their belts gives the Indians a slight advantage here.

They are our betting tip to win this game, with their pace attack leading the way. Trent Boult is one of many pace bowlers they have, they are probably the only team who could match up against the attack of the Knight Riders.

Look for Boult to play a big part, and for the Mumbai Indians to get their first win on the board on Wednesday.   

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